Wednesday, June 10, 2009


It is was with great sadness that I watched the events unfold at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum today.  A courageous security guard lost his life protecting the lives of the museum employees, volunteers, and visitors from an extremist anti-Semite.  I visited the shooter's web site and although I have studied other hate web sites as part of my teaching about genocides, this one was particularly offensive and frightening.  Should we be surprised, however, when the world is virtually ignoring the vicious rants of Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who has been threatening to blow Israel off the face of the earth.  Although we hear the words "Never Again!", the grim reality is that it may happen again if the radicals and extremists have their way.  Is our country, is our president, are we as individuals ready to deal with the threat of another Holocaust?  I pray that we will not stand by and allow such a catastrophe to happen again.  Over the past fifteen years I have met over fifty Holocaust survivors and have formed personal relationships with many of them.  The following photos are just a few of the faces of these incredible individuals who were teenagers or younger when their world was turned upside and they witnessed the brutal murders of their family members, friends, and neighbors.  We cannot allow the fate of the six million Jews (1.6 million of them children) who perished in the Holocaust be repeated.  "All it takes for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing." ~ Edmund Burke

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